Cleaning Your Diet for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions frequently include things like eat better and lose weight.  Maybe you decided Halloween marked the beginning of the holiday season and kept on eating for a solid two months and put on ten (or more) pounds. Not that I have any experience with that. *ahem*

Eating better and losing weight if you need to are great resolutions, but here’s the problem, after all that yummy, chocolatey, holiday food, it’s really hard to start eating well.  Sugar, that’s the problem.  It’s addictive, we crave it when we get it.  That craving may have served our ancestors well when they stumbled upon some fruit in their gathering journeys, but now that our gathering entails aisles and aisles of junk food full of sugar, it’s not such a good thing.

So, how do we get rid of that craving?  We need to reset our bodies, let them know it’s time to stop goofing off, we’re back in charge, not some yummy chocolate cake.  There are a variety of ways to help our bodies get rid of all that sugar and get back on track. Here are a few ways to help.

1. Drink Lemon Water

Add a few slices to a pitcher of water.  The water flushes the sugar and other nasty stuff out of your body.  The lemon makes it taste good and the sour quells the sweet craving.  Even better, lemon helps remove toxins from the body.  Plus, we all should drink more water, it’s good for us.

2. Eat Your Veggies

Especially the cruciferous kind (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy).  All that fiber will help, uh, get things moving, and they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and other good things. Plus, eating veggies will help fill us up with a low calorie food instead of sugary junk.

3. Work Out

A work out releases endorphins that makes us feel good instead of relying on sugar and fat to give us that good feeling.  Any time is good, but morning is probably ideal.  We start the day on a positive, healthy note, we’re more likely to continue to make healthy decisions the rest of the day.  Who wants to waste all that good exercise karma by loading up on junk food?

4. Eat a Clean Diet

What is a clean diet exactly?  There are lots of definitions depending on who you ask, but I like to keep it simple. If your grandmother wouldn’t have recognized it as food when she was young, than it doesn’t go into your mouth.  What does that leave? Whole foods, like grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy meats.  What’s out? Deep fried foods, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, canned cheese, you get the idea. Eat clean for 1-2 weeks, it will get you back on track, maybe even make you want to continue eating mostly clean.

5. Do a Cleanse

There are a lot of options out there, store bought, delivered, home made, juice cleanses, pills, etc.  Try one, a lot of people swear by them, just make sure you’re comfortable with the ingredients and what you’re putting in your body.  We want a cleanse that makes us feel energized and rejuvenated, not worse and yucky.

Currently I’m eating very clean and doing my first cleanse.  I’m using an OTC kit that is essentially fiber pills, a gentle laxative, and milk thistle.  Day 3 of 14 so far, and I’m not really impressed, but we’ll see and I’ll update here after it’s over.

 


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